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7 new cases Sunday

LIHU‘E — The state Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office reported seven new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday.

Sunday’s cases are all residents — three adults and four children. Their source of infection is considered community-acquired. The seven cases are all close contacts of previously-announced cases. All active cases are in isolation, and close contacts are being identified, offered testing, and directed to quarantine. Investigations are ongoing.

“COVID-19 is spreading in our community. We are seeing an increase in cases on Kaua‘i, which is also being observed statewide and nationally,” said Dr. Janet Berreman, DOH Kaua‘i district health officer.

“This is likely due to the delta variant. Vaccination provides powerful protection against the spread of COVID-19, including variants. If you haven’t already, please protect yourself and our community by getting vaccinated,” she said.

Sunday’s cases bring the number of active cases to 36, with one hospitalized, and 465 cumulative cases.

Anyone with symptoms or feeling sick should isolate immediately and not go out — including to work or school — unless seeking testing or getting health care. Those who have been vaccinated should still be tested if they believe they may have been exposed or if they feel sick.

Residents aged 18 and older are eligible for any vaccine available at pharmacies, hospitals and clinic locations. The Pfizer vaccine has been authorized for use in those 12 years of age and older, and are available at hospitals and pharmacies.

Vaccination is free and widely available on the island, including on weekends and evenings and at pop-up vaccination opportunities at community sites. Most vaccination sites accept walk-ins. For details, visit kauai.gov/vaccine. Those who plan to travel can protect themselves and their families by being fully vaccinated before traveling.

Free testing is regularly available at the Lihu‘e Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Testing is also available through primary care physicians, hospitals and urgent-care clinics. Contact providers directly for more information. For more details, visit kauai.gov/covidtest.

For more information on the county’s COVID-19 response, visit kauai.gov/COVID-19.
Source: The Garden Island

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